I’m HIV negative.
My choice to begin taking a highly-potent HIV drug wasn’t an easy one. And the decision to come out publicly as someone who’s on PrEP is not one that I take lightly.
But the more I learn about PrEP, the more shocked I’m becoming that gay men are not shouting from the rooftops about this potential game changer in the fight to prevent new HIV infections, which we’re losing badly.
I’m ready to shout about it….Before I go any further, I do realize that I’m committing heresy. I’m certain there are safe-sex advocates in our community who are reading this right now, and whose heads are about to explode. Am I telling people to pop a pill and go have bareback sex?
I’m not. I am advocating that we look at both the social and medical science, and begin responding accordingly….I’m now 41 years old, and have been sexually active for at least 23 years. I’ve lived through the horrific period when AIDS was untreatable. It’s a memory that will never go away. But since this disease is no longer a death sentence, our daily fear of it has diminished, and we have become more likely to slip up. That’s why the possibility PrEP offers our community is one we need to be talking about. Now.”
— Lucas Entertainment founder Michael Lucas extolling the virtues of pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment in Out Magazine.